Another summer has come and gone as the start of another school year commences next week. We know the first couple weeks of school can be loathsome, so here are 5 tips for making the transition to school from summer easier for both you and your child.
- If your child is anxious about their first day back, point out the positive aspects of starting school. They’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years, when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.
- Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy. Try upgrading your child’s breakfast with something nutritious and see difference it makes!
- If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load.
- Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
- Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents is in the range of 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.
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